Note: This article will be updated as we receive further information and guidance on the new elective option for Camp Lejeune payouts.
What are the new Camp Lejeune payouts?
The Navy announced on Sept. 6 that some people affected by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina would be given new payout options. The Navy and Department of Justice have the option to “evaluate and potentially settle,” or offer to settle, Camp Lejeune Justice Act lawsuits. These payout amounts range between $100,000 and $550,000 depending on the claimant’s length of exposure to the contaminated water and their health condition.
Who is eligible for these new Camp Lejeune payouts?
The “elective option” Camp Lejeune payouts are specifically designed to address lawsuits under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA). These payouts for CLJA lawsuits are separate from veterans seeking VA disability benefits for service-connected conditions from Camp Lejeune.
According to the guidance issued by the Navy and Justice Department, not every Camp Lejeune Justice Act claimant will be eligible for the payouts. The guidance states there will be an evaluation process for current CLJA claims as well as new CLJA claims filed in the future.
What are the Camp Lejeune payout amounts?
The Navy and Justice Department guidance lists various payment options based on length of exposure and health condition.
Tier 1 qualifying injuries include:
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Bladder cancer
Tier 2 qualifying injuries include:
- Multiple myeloma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Kidney disease/end stage renal disease
- Systemic sclerosis/systemic scleroderma
The guidance also states that injuries that resulted in death will be awarded an additional $100,000, making the maximum payout $550,000.
According to the document, people who are offered a payout will have 60 days to accept or decline. The Navy and Justice Department claim that those who accept will be paid out within 60 days of their acceptance of an offer.
What should I do if I am offered a Camp Lejeune payout from the Navy?
Veterans, spouses, and other individuals affected by the water at Camp Lejeune who receive an offer may want to consult with the attorney who is representing them in their case. You may also want to reach out to your lawyer if you have other questions about the payouts.
What can I do if I haven’t joined the Camp Lejeune lawsuit yet but want to?
If you are interested in joining the Camp Lejeune lawsuit, you can contact us anytime by filling out our online form or calling us at the number below. If you have further questions about these payouts, you may want to reach out to the attorney representing you in the Camp Lejeune lawsuit.
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